University of Kentucky
Department of Biology
101 T.H.Morgan BLDG
Lexington, KY 40546


  • Ph.D. in Biology, University of Kentucky (in Progress)
  • M.S. in Biology, Tufts University, 2012
  • B.A. in Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic, 2009 

Selected Research Experience

  • University of Kentucky Elk Research Team:  The significance of sociality: linking individuals to population dynamics of large mammals (2012 to Present)
  • Field Coordinator, Great Duck Island: Investigating the potential effects of wind turbines on offshore Maine islands—a survey of migratory patterns and bird species frequencies (June 2010 – August 2010)
  • Field Assistant, Wildlife Care Center of Belize: Comparative investigation of home range size in wild vs. rehabilitated black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra): Does rehabilitation cause a decrease in daily home range size? (March 2007 – May 2007)

Selected Teaching Experience

  • Co-Lecturer, Animal Behavior Seminar
  • Co-Lecturer, Introductory Biology: Form and Function
  • Teaching Assistant: Animal Behavior, Biostatistics, Introductory Biology, Scholars Introductory Biology, Evolution, Vertebrate Zoology, Mammalogy

Selected Publications

(* indicates undergraduate coauthor, + indicates equal author contribution)

  • B.L. Slabach, A. McKinney*, J. Cunningham, J.T. Hast, and J.J. Cox. A survey of tick species in a recently reintroduced elk population in southeastern Kentucky: Potential implications for interstate translocation of zoonotic vectors. Accepted to the Journal of Wildlife Diseases.
  • Hotaling, S. +, B.L. Slabach +, and D.W. Weisrock. 2017. Next-generation teaching: a template for bringing genomic and bioinformatic tools into the classroom. Journal of Biological Education: 1-13. doi:10.1080/00219266.2017.1357650.
  • Cox, J.J., Slabach, B., Hast, J.T. et al. Parasitol Res (2017) 116: 1079.
  • P. T. B. Starks and B. L. Slabach. 2012. The Scoop on Eating Dirt. Scientific American Magazine: 306:30-32.
  • B.L. Slabach, T.B. Corey, J.R. Aprille, P.T. Starks, B. Dane. 2015. Geophagic behavior in the mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus): support for meeting metabolic demands. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 93:599-604,

Selected Grants and Awards

  • Dean’s Competitive Graduate Fellowship, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Kentucky, Spring 2018
  • Certificate of Outstanding Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Kentucky, 2016
  • Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling Infectious Diseases, University of Washington ($1350), 2016
  • Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, Best student poster award, 2015.
  • Society for Human Ecology, Best student presentation award, 2014.
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